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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


What roles have the Latino American community had in the United States military historically and how did they impact it? How are Latinos shaping the military today? Through historical records, personal accounts, and reputable journals this study leads to the conclusion that Latino Americans regardless of the racial tensions of the past have always been ready and willing to serve for a multitude of reasons including, patriotism, educational benefits, economic advancement, and most importantly equality. There is a trend of increasing numbers of Latinos enlisting in the military. Since the 1980s the number of Hispanic active-duty troops has risen from barely 3% to 13.4% in 2015 according to study by the Population Reference Bureau (Mady Weschler Segal). These findings conclude that the military has benefited greatly and been greatly shaped by not just the long list of heroic award winning Latinos who have served but also the impact that their service had on public opinion.

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